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Another variant may be Canon coming up with a 35mm fsomething IS similar to the new 24mm and 28mm offerings. Canon does replace old lenses, which do not sell well. The problem with this may be when? I don't see this as a high priority issue for Canon.

Canon General / Re: One for Canon Europe - Canon Ireland or Canon Retailer
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:13:47 AM »
I am neither working for Canon nor for a retailer, but I know the situation (having done business with several Canon retailers in other countries).

Prices are set depending on the expected sales situation in a given region. If a region is perceived as being more well-to-do compared to others, then prices are higher, sometimes much higher.

I can only advise to import from other EU-countries. If many do the same, prices for Canon products in Ireland will drop, because locally retailers will sell less. As long as people appear to keep buying at higher prices, the prices will stay up.

Although it is quite understandable to be angry, because of the inconvenience, you might do some price comparisons on vacation to countries with extremely high prices. Then you will come to like Irish prices better (not in absolute terms, but at least in comparison).

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Big Megapixel Camera From Canon - Grip or No Grip?
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:13:07 PM »
You might want to add an option:
Will buy the camera even without built-in grip, but will purchase add-on grip for portrait orientation shooting.

Well, I have never lost any images on Sandisk cards. Losing images on either brand cards would be a game changer for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:39:54 PM »
I believe the oldest variant is Canikon, isn't it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:31:09 PM »
Ramon, in my humble opinion you are quite correct, but this appears to be a pretty one-sided conversation.

Is it just me or is someone in this forum only to spread funny looking emoticons?

Is this a Lexar stockholder reunion or what's up?

If two cards are rated at the same specs, what would be the reason to buy Lexar, if you can get a fully equivalent product from Sandisk for a better price? If Lexar is cheaper, I don't mind buying Lexar, but as long as Sandisk offers for a better price, I am buying theirs. If prices are equal, I won't care either way.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Gorillapod for ground level Macro work?
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:57:34 AM »
I have also used the SLR Zoom Gorilla pod. For small bodies up to a 50D or 60D with a smallish lens this is okay, but it doesn't hold up to a 70-200mm or similarly sized lens on a small body nor to a regular sized L lens with a heavier body such as a gripped 7D.

If your macro equipment would consist of a 60mm lens and a 60D or something similar, you might be ok, but with a 5D Mark III and a 100mm lens it is not a good idea.


Eventually you will bite the bullet and purchase one of those nice L lenses. The EF 35mm f1.4L is even one of the cheaper L lenses.

Then suddenly you will be in a hurry to replace anything non-L with more L lenses. You get the picture...

With a 7D you are already poised to purchase L lenses. Should all those megapixels go to waste with lesser glass?

Next thing you know you will be upgrading to a 5D Mark III. Feels similar to a 7D, just with different image quality.

Now imagine Canon selling you a 35mm f1.8 for let's say 400$. There is already a 35mm f2 available, which is even cheaper. There would be no L goodness, no reason to purchase more. You might just end up as a customer lost to upselling/upgrading.

Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:48:55 AM »
400mm f2.8L IS Mark II, 500mm f4L IS Mark II and 600mm f4L IS Mark II.

Just look at the attached sample picture and you will understand my longing. Currently I consider myself severely focal length limited (max focal length of 200mm, not counting my 2x converter), so birding is a somewhat restricted area for me.

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:58:24 AM »
The 100mm IS L lens is the best for using autofocus on bugs moving around, but in my experience this works best with a body with really nice autofocus such as 1D-X. For general macro shooting your best bet is the 180mm macro, because it allows greater distance from the subject and it allows using an extender such as the 1.4x or 2x extenders, which work with this lens (I often use the 2x extender). Working distance is an important issue, because with the 100mm lens I usually take the lens hood off, so that I won't get too close to an insect, which might either fly or crawl away. I don't tend to shock freeze macro subjects, before I take shots  ::).

Before I forget to mention it: You should add a focusing rail to your tripod, adding one piece to the gear M.ST listed. A focusing rail will allow you to set your lens to minimal distance and then you use the focusing rail to focus.

Please be careful here. DVDs or Blueray disks are supposed to be short-term storage media only. DVDs may lose information based on being stored in the wrong place (e.g. near heating), sitting in the sun or such things. Using high quality DVDs as those recommended by M.ST will save you from the worst, but they are still DVDs.

If you are thinking about long term storage, then your best option is to store on several independent disk storage systems, such as simple USB-connected harddisks or using a SAN as recommended by Menace. You should use at least one copy, in case the disk or disk system still fails. With SAN and similar devices you must safeguard against a harddisk controller failure in the SAN, even though the SAN may already mirror internal disks to safeguard against disk failure, so you still have to have one copy outside of the SAN to be reasonably safe. Disk storage also has the advantage that you can quickly upgrade/update your storage system by just copying your files quickly from one to the other. With a good number of DVDs this is a rather ugly procedure.

Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 6D Preorders
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:36:54 AM »

Why?  I don't give a crap anything about the 6D if I'm a 1DX owner.  The 6D can't go anywhere near the 1DX.  I've never missed focus once with the 1DX, in the worst lighting conditions possible, so paper specs mean absolutely nothing to me.  I guess I'm happy enough with my gear that I'm not always looking at other cameras wishing mine had that feature, etc.  So yes, I'm a 1DX/5D3 user and if the -3EV thing actually works well on the 6D, who cares?  Not me.


In my opinion the 6D is positioned as a kind of 5D Mark II with some extra features to attract people upgrading from crop to full-frame, but without the funds to purchase a 5D Mark III or 1D-X. Those using the latter two cameras will find little in the 6D attracting them to purchase it. Those who really needed GPS bit the bullet already and purchased a GPS add-on. Dilbert's point about the amount of plastic in a body is a very valid one, so why would I want GPS inside my 1D-X or 5D Mark III?

Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:17:08 AM »
In Switzerland you will find many areas, where you can use a really wide angle lens such as the 14mm f2.8. You won't be able to make the same kind of shots with one of the wider EF-S lenses or even the L zoom lenses like the 17-40 or 24-105 zooms, because some of the colour you see might be going for a Houdini act, being replaced by rather non-interesting greyish tones. This applies especially in case you will have some haze on one of the many mountain lakes.

On a crop body the 14mm lens becomes something like a 21mm wide angle, which in my humble opinion is a very useful focal length. I usually combine my 14mm prime with a 24mm prime or the 24-105mm zoom lens, which is a great general purpose zoom. The 17-40mm or 16-35mm lenses provide you with useful zoom ranges on a full-frame body, but on a crop body those lenses will not be wide enough. You will feel hemmed in by the lack of a shorter focal length.

The attached picture has been taken with a 14mm f2.8 lens and a 7D.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sony and hasselblad
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:35:39 PM »
You've got a point there.

Performance of a company does not necessarily influence client's purchasing decisions, except in rather obvious, extreme cases, if clients become unwilling to buy, because a vendor is in a state of obvious crisis.

Nevertheless this thread is about Hasselblad's cooperation with Sony and what that might imply, isn't it?

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